Establishing a Culture of Research Among Faculty and Boys

IBSC Research in Boys’ Schools Series

September 26 – October 2, 2022

Hosted Online by Crescent School (Canada) 

Crescent School



Hear from Sandra Boyes and Trish Cislak as they highlight their focus on student-led participatory action research. The Crescent Centre for Boys’ Education (CCBE) has partnered with Michael Reichert and the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education in the Student Participatory Action Research Collaborative (SPARC). This provides boys with a framework for investigating various issues in an effort to contribute student voice and agency toward improving school culture. Discover how grade 10 boys share their experiences and provide recommendations. Year 2 of this program allows the boys to track the impact of their recommendations, truly appreciating the nature of action research.

Access this latest presentation in the research series on the IBSC Shorts platform from September 26 – October 2, 2022. You may interact with the presenters and other participants on the class discussion board to grow and learn together September 26 - 29.

Who Should Attend?

Leaders and teachers in boys’ schools interested in the impact of school-based research programs on school strategy, pedagogy, and programs with a specific focus on fostering a culture of research in boys' schools


Each topic in the series includes a 40-minute, pre-recorded presentation, followed by an asynchronous conversation with fellow participants and presenters on a discussion board. You have access to this content and conversation for four consecutive days. Comment on the presentation, interact with the presenters, share your own resources that may benefit others, and learn from the information global colleagues contribute. 


IBSC member rate: US $50

Pay by credit card only. This program is limited to the first 200 registrants.

Please note: Watch your email for login information for the IBSC Research in Boys’ Schools Speaker Series on September 23, 2022.


Sandra BoyesSandra Boyes

Head of the lower school since 2011, Sandra Boyes recently added the role of executive director, professional learning and research to her title. In this capacity, she leads professional learning pathways for faculty and is responsible for sharing our expertise and developing our reflective practice within a culture of research. An educator for 30 years, more than 20 of those with Crescent, Boyes holds an Ed.D. and M.A. from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto and a B.Ed. from the University of Manitoba. 



Trish CislakTrish Cislak

Head of libraries and research since 2010, Trish Cislak sits on the Academic and Research Lead Team. She is excited to be the director of research for the CCBE. Along with supporting Crescent teachers with their in-house action research programs, Cislak is the school coordinator for the School Participatory Action Research Collaborative (SPARC); a research group for students associated with the University of Pennsylvania. For the last 10 years, Cislak has been a team advisor for the IBSC Action Research Program. She also sits on the Canadian Accredited Independent School’s Research and Innovation Committee. Cislak has her B.A. from University of Waterloo and business diploma from Wilfrid Laurier University. She received her B.Ed. from York University and is in her 32nd year of teaching, the past 22 in boys’ schools.